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Teen arrested in shooting death of father

PICKENS — An Easley teen was charged with manslaughter in the late-night shooting death of his father in Pickens last week. Joshua William Wright, 17, whose address on an incident report was More »

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Man charged with sex assaults on young girl

PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Easley man last week, alleging he forced a young girl to have sex with him multiple times over a period of a year. More »

PARTY

‘Just the beginning’

Doodle Trail grand opening planned Saturday morning By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter brobinson@thepccourier.com PICKENS — The long-awaited grand opening ceremony for the Doodle Trail will be held this weekend. The celebration, set More »

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Ceremony held to honor Revolutionary War soldier

DAR members, local residents and descendants of Benjamin Barton were present for a ceremony dedicating new tombstones for the Revolutionary War soldier and his wife, Dorcas, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in More »

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Teen arrested in shooting death of father

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PICKENS — An Easley teen was charged with manslaughter in the late-night shooting death of his father in Pickens last week.

Joshua William Wright, 17, whose address on an incident report was listed as 301 Katie Lane, was also charged with discharge of a firearm inside city limits, according to Pickens Police assistant chief Travis Riggs.

Wright’s father, 46-year-old Joseph Wright, was pronounced dead at Greenville Memorial Hospital after the shooting, Riggs said in a statement.

According to the incident report, officers were dispatched to 210 Bivens St. in Pickens

Man charged with sex assaults on young girl

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PICKENS — Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Easley man last week, alleging he forced a young girl to have sex with him multiple times over a period of a year.

Jeremy Keith Kitchens, 41, of 101 Greenpine Way, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age.

According to a news release from sheriff’s office chief deputy Creed Hashe, an

‘Just the beginning’

PARTY

Doodle Trail grand opening

planned Saturday morning

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The long-awaited grand opening ceremony for the Doodle Trail will be held this weekend.

The celebration, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at 514 Fleetwood Drive in Easley, will include words from both Pickens mayor David Owens and Easley mayor Larry Bagwell, as well as the unveiling of the logo for the trail, a ribbon cutting and giveaways.

The 7.5-mile trail runs from Easley to Pickens along the path of the former Pickens

Southern Wesleyan School of Education nationally accredited

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University’s School of Education recently received accreditation for seven years — until 2021 — under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning. The School of Education prepares students at the initial certification level in biology, math,

BLWS to have new format

Tourney set for 15th year

in Easley from July 28-Aug. 4

EASLEY — The Big League Baseball World Series, a week-long baseball tournament featuring some of the most talented 16-18-year-old players in the world, recently announced the dates for this year’s event, as well as a new format.

Celebrating its 15th year in Easley, the Big League Baseball World Series will take place July 28-Aug. 4.

New this year, the tournament will begin and end on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday

Ceremony held to honor Revolutionary War soldier

Barton Group Pic PCC WEB

DAR members, local residents and descendants of Benjamin Barton were present for a ceremony dedicating new tombstones for the Revolutionary War soldier and his wife, Dorcas, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Pickens recently.

PICKENS — The cannon boomed, the bagpipes wailed and the muskets roared. The JROTC cadets from Pickens High School presented the colors.

Friends and family waited in hushed silence in the small cemetery at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Pickens.

Kenneth Nabors, president of the Pickens Historical Society, dressed as a soldier in the

MOW seeks volunteers

COUNTY — Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer activity or a way to spend quality time with your kids or grandkids over summer vacation?

Volunteering with Pickens County Meals on Wheels (PCMOW) is a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy making a difference in people’s lives.

Meal delivery is a perfect fit for individuals, families, church groups and businesses.

Pickens plans spring game, youth events

PICKENS — Pickens football players of all ages are gearing up for a busy few weeks.

Friday night, Pickens High School will wrap up spring practice with its annual Blue/White Football Game, which will kick off at 6 p.m. at Blue Flame Stadium.

Admission to the game is free, but first-year head coach John Boggs and the Pickens TD Club are asking all fans to bring a pack of Gatorade or a box of granola bars — pop tarts, cereal bars and snack bars work, too — to help feed the Blue Flame as they travel to camps, 7-on-7 events and lineman competitions throughout the summer. In other

Cannon celebrates National Hospital Week

5-20 Page 6A.inddPICKENS — Cannon Memorial Hospital set aside time the week of May 11 to honor its employees and their dedication to Cannon. This year’s hospital theme was “Cannon Superheroes.”

Cannon CEO Norman Rentz told the employees, in part, “Every day, in every job, you are enhancing the lives of those around you with your healing hands and caring hearts. You are using your talents to protect, heal, and serve our community … .the true definition of a superhero! No matter what your job is, we all play a role in providing a

Do you hear the whippoorwill?

Last night I was outside in the front yard with the dog and looked up at the sky, which had cleared. It was dark except for starlight. The night sky was beautiful. I could see 6-25 Page 4A.inddthe big dipper. And then I heard the call of a whippoorwill coming from somewhere in the woods.

So I sat on the front porch and listened. From what I’ve read, it appears that the whippoorwill population is on the decline. I’m sorry to know that, and not just because of their beautiful call.

They’re interesting birds, as instead of rising at the crack of dawn to sing their special song, they call at night when they are active and feeding.

You can walk in the woods and almost step on a nesting whippoorwill, as they nest on


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